Youth Week

BC Youth Week is a provincial celebration of youth held annually during the first week of May. It is a week of fun and interactive celebration intended to build a strong connection between young people and their communities and to profile the issues, accomplishments, and diversity of youth across the province.

Of course this is a big week for us at the Abbotsford Youth Commission! Come out and celebrate with us May 1 – 7, 2019

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Celebrate BC Youth Week with AYC and City of Abbotsford!

Youth Week Events May 1 – 7 2019

Wednesday May 1st

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament (12-18 years)
6pm - 9:30pm

We're partnering with Abbotsford Basketball Association for our annual 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament!

Celebrate Youth Week with a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament. Grab some freinds and sign up for a fun night of competition. Lots of PRIZES and giveaways. Co-ed teams and all levels of basketball skill are welcome.
Teams: 3-4 players, $5/player

Email to register. Register early as space is limited.

Location: Rick Hansen Secondary School

Super Smash Bros Tournament @ ARC (12-18 years)
3:00pm - 4:30pm

Join us for our Super Smash Bros Tournament to kick of BC Youth Week! Challenge your friends and other games to see who the ultimate Super Smash Champion is!

Location: Youth Centre at ARC

Crazy Loaded Pancake Day @ MRC (12-18 years)
3:00pm - 4:30pm

We're kicking off BC Youth Week with Crazy Loaded Pancake Day!  Mmmm.... pancakes! Chocolate chip, banana, blueberry ... come have your favorite or try out something new. We supply everything, just come hungry!

Location: Youth Centre at MRC


Thursday May 2nd

URoc Awards and Ice Cream Social (all ages welcome)
3:30pm - 5:00pm

Help us celebrate all the youth workers, community organziations and youth who do great things in our community. Awards are followed by the best ice cream bar in town!

Location: Youth Centre at ARC

Movie Trivia @ MRC (12-18 years)
3:00pm - 4:00pm

Are you a movie buff? Do you think you know your movies? Come test out your knowledge and win some prizes!
Location: Youth Centre at MRC


Friday May 3rd

Cookie Creations (12-18years)
3:30pm - 8:00pm

You or your group of two will receive the basic ingredients along with surprise items that must be used in your cookie recipe. Our brave judges will choose the best cookies. Win fun prizes! Email to sign up for the event. Space is limited.
Location: AYC Youth Centre at ARC

Dodgeball Mania (12-18 years)
7pm - 8pm

Pop in to our Youth Centre for a variety of Dodgeball games. Who can dodge, duck, dip and dive to outlast the rest? Only one way to find out!
Location: AYC Youth Centre at ARC

The Grand Paint-Off (12-18 years)
3:30pm - 8pm

Take your best shot at replicating an original painting. We will have all the supplies on hand, you just show up and show off your skills. We have a prize for the winner and everyone gets to take their canvas painting home. Limited spaces, first come first served, so show up early!
Location: AYC Youth Centre at MRC


Saturday May 4th

Youth Centre (ARC) Open House - Family Games
1pm - 3pm

All ages are welcome to join us and learn more about our Free Youth Drop-in Centres. Meet our amazing staff and youth and see what we have to offer.
Location: AYC Youth Centre at ARC

Kindness Crew
3pm - 4:30pm

Need a little kindness in your life? Drop in to the ARC for free games, activities, crafts, giveaways and more. All kindness brought to you by the Abbotsford Youth Commission's amazing Youth Leadership Team.
Location: AYC Youth Centre at ARC

Basketball Open Gym (12-18 years)
Drop by our youth centre then head into the gym and shoot some hoops. Bring a friend or meet some new ones!
Location: AYC Youth Centre at ARC
8:00pm - 10:00pm


Sunday May 5th

Youth Centre (MRC) Open House - Family Games 
12pm - 2pm

All ages are welcome to join us and learn more about our Free Youth Drop-in Centres. Meet our amazing staff and youth and see what we have to offer.
Location: AYC Youth Centre at MRC


Toonie Drop In Swim
2pm - 4pm

Drop in for a splash or swim at your local pool
Locations: ARC & MRC


Toonie Skate
6:30pm - 8pm

Lace up and skate into spring!
Location: MRC


Monday May 6th

Youth Council / City Council Collaboration
 Come support our future community leaders as they join City Council at the Executive Committee Meeting. Youth Council will sit with Mayor an dcouncil for an exclusive dinner afterwards. Applications for 2019/2020 Youth Council can be found on our website.
Location: City Hall
This event has been postponed. 


Centre vs Centre Cake Challenge (12-18 years)
2:30pm - 4:30pm

Which Youth Centre will be the champ - ARC or MRC? In this first ever Youth Centre Challenge, youth will compete to produce the best looking themed cakes. The theme will be set out and youth can only use the provided supplies. Fun prizes and LOTS of cake!
Locations: AYC Youth Centres at ARC and MRC


Tuesday May 7th

Taco Dinner (12-18 years)
3:30pm - 4:30pm

Drop in for free Tacos with all the fixings. We will even throw in some great dessert just for showing up!
Location: AYC Youth Centre at MRC


Henna Art (12-18 years)
2:30pm - 5pm

We will supply the Henna and maybe an artist or two. Pop in to experience the art of Henna - temporary skin decoration that can be done on your hands and arms. 
Location: AYC Youth Centre at ARC




History of BC Youth Week: In 1995, a small group of local municipal planners and youth recreation leaders in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia stumbled across an idea they thought might be an interesting little project. At first, discussions revolved around the idea of organizing a Youth Day. However, this was not big enough for the ambitious group, so they decided to make it an entire week. Thus Youth Week was born. It began with a small handful of municipalities launching a new and exciting initiative to promote partnerships with youth, adults, businesses, government, schools and the media – A Celebration of Youth.

Mission Statement: The BC Youth Week Committee engages individuals throughout BC to collaborate and support each other. We create opportunities that empower youth to be heard, recognized, and celebrated.

Youth Week has become an international celebration to promote awareness of youth. It is an opportunity for people around the world to learn about, and from, the youth of their community. During May 1st to 7th, youth in BC will embrace the spirit of Youth Week by participating in activities and events organized by youth for youth, while honoring and celebrating their diversity and their many contributions in their communities.

Youth Week events have included youth award ceremonies, advocacy campaigns, service projects, entertainment events, sporting competitions, educational forums, and other events to showcase, educate and empower youth in our communities. More information, including a sample of the activities that take place during BC Youth Week, can be found on the events listing page.

Wherever Youth Week is celebrated, the idea behind it is the same: Young people are important and need to be recognized in a constructive and positive manner. Their contributions need to be acknowledged and celebrated. Mark your calendar and support youth in your community